On March 27, Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) is holding a ribbon cutting of the first community college food pantry to partner with Feeding America in Southwest Virginia. The ribbon cutting of the Patriot Pantry is taking place in the Learning Resource Center room 107 at 10am.
PHCC is partnering with Feeding America to establish what the pantry coordinator, Christy Yaple, says is “a greatly needed resource for the surprising number of students that we have on our campus who struggle with hunger.”
The college recognized the need for a food pantry after many offices on campus received calls from concerned instructors and family members who knew students who were going hungry. The Patriot Pantry is funded by community members, PHCC board members, and PHCC employees.
The pantry will be stocked with non-perishable goods that students will be able to take to prepare meals for themselves and their family. The pantry will also have snacks and microwave meals to meet immediate needs.
“We have heard of cases where students have fainted in a college office due to hunger. With the Patriot Pantry on campus, it is most likely to decrease food insecurity. Students can’t focus on getting their education if their most basic needs are not met first,” says Yaple.
The pantry, which is open on Mondays and Wednesdays, is available to any currently enrolled PHCC student.